First competition entry this year?

Swanwick writers schoolThanks to writer Sally Jenkins at for reminding me of the Swanwick Summer School Competition, which closes on 30 April.  I’ve always vaguely intended to enter without ever actually doing anything about it!  With markets for children’s short stories thin on the ground, it’s great to see a competition with a section for a children’s short story (1,000 words maximum), or  alternatively the first 1,000 words of a children’s novel.  The first prize is a week at the Swanwick Summer Writing School, which sounds like absolute bliss to me, and I know people who have won categories of this competition before so there is hope!

Find the details at  There is a theme, but perhaps you have existing work that would fit it.  If not, hopefully the thought of a week away at Swanwick will inspire you!  Entry is £5 which is reasonable for a competition of this calibre.